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November 1

November 1, 1926 – The Alice Comedy Alice Cuts the Ice is Released to Theaters

On November 1, 1926, the Alice Comedy Alice Cuts the Ice was released to theaters. It was the 36th Alice Comedy released, and the 20th to feature second Alice actress Margie Gay. It has since been classified as a lost film.

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August 8

August 8, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice the Beach Nut is Released to Theaters

On August 8, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice the Beach Nut was released to theaters. It was the 56th Alice Comedy to be released, the 9th to feature fourth and final Alice actress Lois Hardwick, and the final short film to feature the character of Julius the Cat. Like many of the Alice Comedies starring Lois Hardwick, the film has since been classified as a lost film.

July 11

July 11, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice’s Medicine Show is Released to Theaters

On July 11, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice’s Medicine Show was released to theaters. It was the 54th Alice Comedy released, and the 7th to feature fourth and final Alice actress Lois Hardwick. Like many of the Alice Comedies starring Hardwick, the film has since been classified as a lost film.

May 21

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May 21, 1928 – Walt Disney Files to Trademark Mickey Mouse

On May 21, 1928, Walt Disney Enterprises officially filed with the United States Patent Office, looking to trademark Mickey Mouse. After Walt lost ownership of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Walt Disney Enterprises was certain that they would never face a similar situation. The trademark was called a “name mark,” which protects the character against similar names and similar logos. Anything that was considered too similar to Mickey Mouse, even changing one letter of the name, would infringe on Disney’s rights. This was the one of the first of many trademarks that would be filed by the Walt Disney Company.

April 11

April 11, 1925 – Roy O. Disney Marries Edna Francis


On April 11, 1925, Roy O. Disney, brother of Walt Disney, married Edna Francis in Disney’s uncle’s house on Kingswell Avenue in Hollywood, California. The two had originally met as children in Kansas City, and were introduced by Francis’ younger brother, who was working with Roy as a bank teller. Their romance prevailed through Roy’s service in the Navy during World War I, as well as his recuperation period over the southwest of the country. After they got married, Francis helped the fledgling Disney Brothers Studio, doing office work, as well as helping ink and paint animation cels. Francis continued to support her husband and his brother through their animation venture throughout her life.

February 7

February 7, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice at the Carnival is Released to Theaters

On February 7, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice at the Carnival was released to theaters. It was the 43rd Alice Comedy released, and the 27th to feature second Alice actress Margie Gay. It has since been classified as a lost cartoon.

July 29

July 29, 1922 – The Laugh-O-gram Short Film Little Red Riding Hood Premieres in Theaters

On July 29, 1922, the Laugh-o-Gram short film Little Red Riding Hood premiered in theaters. Though Walt Disney had had success with the Newman Laugh-O-grams in the early 1920s, this new short film was his first foray into the animation business among the likes of the New York studios. Though this short film would start a string of adapted fairy tale cartoons, this venture would fail until Disney created the Alice Comedies. The film was considered a lost film for decades, but a print was found in the 1990s in a London film library; the short was eventually restored by the Walt Disney Company when they acquired it in 1998.